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 Back in March the Vector — a smart watch with an e-ink LCD screen — made its debut in a number of reviews in the tech press. Of note was the unusual 30 day battery life and a smartphone control app which worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. What wasn’t elucidated in detail at the time was that the startup not only planned to release an API to developers, allowing… Read More

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 One of the most intense experiences you’ll ever have is visiting a country that speaks a language different than yours. There’s a host of tools you can use, but Google’s Translate product has leapfrogged just about everything out there over the years. Its most handy, and impressive, tool is the instant translation feature that lets you point your camera at something written… Read More

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 Ordering your food or beverages by smartphone and then paying for it via an app is quickly becoming the new normal. Starbucks already allows for this across thousands of its stores in the U.S. Meanwhile, Burger King and Firehouse Subs announced integrations with MasterCard’s MasterPass digital payment solution just this week, and Taco Bell’s own mobile ordering solution is… Read More

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 With over 75 million users, it’s hard to remember a time without Spotify. But there was. A time when we were all mulling the aisles of Target for new CDs. A time in our lives where we all became thieves on Napster. A time when iTunes forced us to buy songs for $2/piece. And then came Spotify. Read More

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 Pay-Per-Virtual Reality could become a…thing thanks to Altspace. The VR chat room and communication platform just raised a $10.3 million Series A to give us a digital place where we can hang out. But with this funding that brings Altspace to $15.7 million total comes a need to devise a business plan. While Altspace is focused on growth now, its co-founder and CEO Eric Romo tells it… Read More

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 Occipital made its first splash years ago with the RedLaser barcode scanning app and 360 Panorama app. Since then, however, it has moved into the 3D scanning and computer vision space and the company today announced that it has raised a $13 million Series B round from Intel Capital, Shea Ventures, Grishin Robotics and previous investor Foundry Group. This new funding round brings… Read More

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 It’s earnings day at Nintendo, and the Japanese company surprised watchers by eking out a unexpected, and albeit meagre, $8.9 million profit for its most recent quarter of business. Read More

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 Blockspring, a service that connects to spreadsheets like Excel and Google Spreadsheets to easier import data, said it has raised $3.4 million. Instead of having to write specific code to import and sort data in a spreadsheet, Blockspring has several connections to services like Google Search that will automatically populate spreadsheets with data. The company plans to release several… Read More

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 A collection of India’s top entrepreneurs are pooling their resources to a launch a new marketplace that connects consumers with physical retailers via their smartphone. Read More

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 Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, has opened two new branches of its research center in Boston and Singapore. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, the organization already has branches in New York, Tokyo, and Paris that not only support the company’s research and development, but also its efforts at worldwide expansion. Read More

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 Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets. Read More

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 Duane Jackson’s story is both unusual and inspiring — a story he tells with refreshing candour in his recently-released autobiography ‘Four Thousands Days, My Journey From Prison To Business Success’. During an interview we discuss Jackson’s conviction for drug trafficking, the transition from prison life to startup life, why he shunned VC money, and… Read More

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 Korea’s LG shipped a (then) record 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2014, but now, one year later, the company isn’t finding growth so simply. The firm just revealed its Q2 2015 financials and, while not as disastrously as HTC, the company itself describes them as “modest.” Read More

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 China Rapid Finance, which claims to be the country’s largest online consumer lending marketplace, has closed a $35 million Series C led by Broadline Capital. The round pegs the company’s pre-money valuation of $1 billion. China Rapid Finance is reportedly gearing up for an initial public offering in the U.S. Read More

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 There’s a new startup fund in Southeast Asia. Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures announced a new $50 million to support startups in the region and international companies expanding into Southeast Asia. Read More

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 If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights. So today, Google revealed that it’s been working with SF startup Aclima for the last year and a half… Read More

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 At Pixable, we — like almost every digital property — are in the eyeball game. We are one of thousands of media companies competing for attention, and, in our case, we seek the attention of young, highly social readers with seemingly infinite interests. It goes without saying that attention grabbing begins with a catchy headline, but the real challenge is this: After getting the… Read More

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 Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly. Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly, meanwhile, has a similar mission of digitizing photos (or as Legacy Republic Brian Knapp put it, of “preserving family memories”). Knapp said that by… Read More

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 It looks like whistleblower Edward Snowden might be renewing his lease at his Moscow apartment. Today, the White House responded to and dismissed a nearly two-year-old petition asking for the pardon of Edward Snowden, and cited that his decision to “steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and… Read More

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 HBO today announced its second deal with a pay TV provider, in this case Verizon*, to make its over-the-top streaming service HBO NOW available to broadband customers who don’t have a cable TV subscription. In addition, the terms of the deal also reference making HBO NOW available to Verizon’s other “digital platforms,” including its upcoming mobile video… Read More

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 Two Twitter employees announced their departures right before its second quarter earnings dropped today. The first, Christian Oestlien, was a VP of Product Management focused on growth. Oestlien came from Google and spent about two years at Twitter. I am thrilled to be joining @YouTube! I can’t wait to start work with the team and our partners building the future of video… Read More

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 Launched about a week ago, Beme is a new video sharing app built by viral filmmaker Casey Neistat, and Matt Hackett, former VP of Engineering at Tumblr and Hacker-in-Residence at betaworks. The duo raised $2.6 million in seed funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and have been working on the project together for about a year. Here’s how the app works: Video recording is done… Read More

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 Following the bell, Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $133.9 million, and a per-share loss of $0.02. The street had expected Yelp to generate a cent in per-share net income, off revenue of $133.48 million. Off a fraction in regular trading, Yelp is down in after-hours trading following its earnings miss. Yelp finished its second quarter with… Read More

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 Update: Twitter shares fell to flat in after-hours trading, before rebounding mildly to a slimmer gain. Investors are still trying to figure out how to score the quarter, it seems.  Twitter earned an adjusted $0.07 per share on revenue of $502 million in its second quarter, the firm reported today. Investors expected Twitter to earn a mere $0.04 adjusted per-share profit on the back of… Read More

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 Twitter reported that its monthly active user count has reached 316 million, up a paltry 15 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, and up from 308 million in the preceding quarter. The company indicated that it sees 80 percent of its monthly actives as monthly mobile actives. Its interim CEO, Jack Dorsey, addressed the lack of audience growth by saying this: Our Q2 results show good… Read More

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